Saturday, May 19, 2018
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Beloved chef, restaurateur, best-selling author, and Emmy and James Beard award-winning television host Lidia Bastianich will sign copies of her two latest books: MY AMERICAN DREAM: A Life of Love, Family, and Food (Alfred A. Knopf, April 3, 2018) and LIDIA’S CELEBRATE LIKE AN ITALIAN: 220 Foolproof Recipes That Make Every Meal a Party (Alfred A. Knopf, October 17, 2017).
Stew Leonard’s East Meadow – 1897 Front Street, East Meadow, NY 11554
Store phone for customer questions: (516) 394-9001
Lidia Bastianich will be at Stew Leonard’s in East Meadow to sign copies of her two latest books:
MY AMERICAN DREAM: A Life of Love, Family, and Food
Chef, author, and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich has been a beloved public figure for decades, but she has never told her full story until now, in her memoir MY AMERICAN DREAM: A Life of Love, Family, and Food.
Lidia grew up behind the Iron Curtain in post-World War II Istria, in many ways enjoying an idyllic childhood. It was an old world life, spent close to the land in her grandmother’s backyard and in vineyards, orchards, and courtyards. But it did not last. When she was only ten years old her family became targets of Yugoslavia’s communist regime and were forced to flee. Lidia, her brother, and her parents left their home, belongings, and the rest of the family behind, sneaking across the border to Italy. Not knowing if they would ever see home again, they spent two years in a refugee camp in Trieste waiting for visas to the United States. Finally, they arrived in New York in 1958, settling first in New Jersey and then in Queens with the help of the Catholic Charities.
Despite the pain of losing her home and her country, Lidia found her way, in one of the great American success stories of all time. Starting with a single restaurant in Queens she opened with her husband in the 1970s, Lidia worked full time as a chef while raising a family, becoming one of the first female chefs to emerge on the male-dominated New York restaurant scene. Through ups and downs—including near financial ruin when struggling to open Felidia in 1981—she eventually grew the business to heights she could never have imagined. Her successes include many bestselling cookbooks, her show “Lidia’s Kitchen” on Public Television, now in its twentieth year, restaurants including Becco and Del Posto, and the ever-expanding Eataly chain. And thirty-seven years later, Felidia remains a thriving New York mainstay.
Written with her trademark warmth and spirit, MY AMERICAN DREAM is an inspiring and revelatory memoir from a remarkable woman.
LIDIA’S CELEBRATE LIKE AN ITALIAN: 220 Foolproof Recipes That Make Every Meal a Party
Lidia Bastianich offers the only cookbook you’ll need to give any gathering real Italian style and flavor in LIDIA’S CELEBRATE LIKE AN ITALIAN: 220 Foolproof Recipes That Make Every Meal a Party by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali.
In this delightful new cookbook, Lidia gives us 220 all-new recipes for entertaining with a distinctly Bastianich flare. Whether planning for a romantic picnic for two, a child’s birthday party, a holiday gathering, or a simple weeknight family dinner, Lidia’s flavorful, easy-to-follow recipes range from cocktails and desserts to meats, pastas, and polentas. From Pear Bellinis to Carrot and Chickpea Dip, from Campanelle with Fennel and Shrimp to Berry Tiramisu—these are dishes guests will love, no matter the occasion.
Beautifully illustrated throughout with more than 60 full-color photographs and filled with her trademark warmth and enthusiasm, this is Lidia’s most festive book. Here are her suggestions for hosting a BBQ, making pizza for a group, choosing the perfect wine, setting an inviting table, and much more. Lidia also provides suggestions for hosting a variety of events—tailgating Italian style, weddings big and small, and who better to ring in the New Year?—as well as sample menus and invaluable advice on all things entertaining. And throughout, she highlights recipes for guests with dietary restrictions.
During the event, Stew Leonard’s will offer MY AMERICAN DREAM: A Life of Love, Family, and Food for the special price of $19.99 and LIDIA’S CELEBRATE LIKE AN ITALIAN: 220 Foolproof Recipes That Make Every Meal a Party purchase for a special price of $24.99.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Lidia Matticchio Bastianich is the author of 11 previous cookbooks and the Emmy award-winning host of Public Television’s Lidia’s Kitchen. She owns four acclaimed restaurants in New York including Felidia, Becco, Esca, and Del Posto, as well as Lidia’s Pittsburgh and Lidia’s Kansas City, co-owned with her daughter, Tanya. She is also a partner in the acclaimed Eataly, the largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace in the world, in New York, Chicago, Boston, and São Paulo, and with a store opening in Los Angeles in 2017. Lidia is the founder and president of Tavola Productions, an entertainment company that produces high quality broadcast productions and she also has a line of pastas and all natural sauces called LIDIA’S. She lives on Long Island, New York.
Tanya Bastianich Manuali is integrally involved in the production of Lidia’s Public Television series as an owner and executive producer of Tavola Productions, and is active daily in the family restaurant business. She oversees the production and expansion of LIDIA’S food line alongside her husband, Corrado, and has coauthored six cookbooks with her mother, and one with her brother, Joe. She lives on Long Island, New York.
ABOUT STEW LEONARD’S:
Stew Leonard’s, a family-owned and operated fresh food store founded in 1969, has stores located in Norwalk, Danbury, and Newington, Conn. and in East Meadow, Farmingdale and Yonkers, N.Y. Stew’s earned its nickname the “Disneyland of Dairy Stores” from The New York Times because of its country-fair atmosphere, with costumed characters and animated entertainment throughout the store that keep children entertained while parents shop. For more information, visit Stew Leonard’s website at www.stewleonards.com.
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